University of Georgia student sportswriters discovered they would have been irrelevant at the campus alternative paper, Red and Dead.
No section would have been more affected by a protracted standoff between The Red & Black and its former staffers than the sports section.
News reporters can still get crime reports, which are available to anyone. They can still attend Board of Regents meetings and Student Government Association events without needing a credential or a go-between to set up interviews.
Those in the variety section can still talk to bands to preview an upcoming show without a liaison. They can buy tickets to movies or concerts and write reviews of them with no issue. And of course, anyone can write an opinion piece at any time.
But the sports section is a different beast.
Red and Dead sportswriters would need press credentials to have access to players or coaches and they couldn’t get them.
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